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Location Norway, Finnmark
Central coordinates 29o 0.00' East  69o 5.00' North
IBA criteria A3, B2
Area 20,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 338m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

Norsk Ornitologisk Forening



Site description This is the largest virgin forest in Norway, close to the border with Russia and Finland. The landscape is flat, with some ridges, and is covered by boreal coniferous forest (this being the westernmost limit of the Siberian taiga) and mires, with numerous fish-rich lakes.

Key Biodiversity Breeding species include at least 10 of the 15 species in Europe that are restricted to the boreal biome (when breeding)˜an eleventh such species, Emberiza rustica, may also breed irregularly˜as well as a wide variety of wildfowl and waders, and Haliaeetus albicilla (a species of global conservation concern which, however, does not meet IBA criteria).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Smew Mergellus albellus breeding  1998  5-10 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus breeding  1998  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus breeding  present  B2  Least Concern 
Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa breeding  1998  1-5 breeding pairs  poor  A3  Least Concern 
Northern Hawk-owl Surnia ulula breeding  1998  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus resident  1998  50 breeding pairs  A3  Least Concern 
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus breeding  1998  frequent  A3  Least Concern 
Siberian Tit Parus cinctus resident  1998  common  A3  Least Concern 
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis breeding  1998  rare  A3  Least Concern 
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla breeding  1998  common  A3  Least Concern 
Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator breeding  1998  uncommon  A3  Least Concern 
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica non-breeding  1998  rare  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Øvre Pasvik National Park 11,980 protected area contained by site 6,660  
Øvre Pasvik Protected Landscape 5,463 protected area contained by site 0  
Pasvik Nature Reserve 1,899 protected area contained by site 1,910  
Pasvik Nature Reserve Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,910 protected area contained by site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Native coniferous woodland  80%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs; Rivers and streams; Standing freshwater  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry 20%
military 10%
tourism/recreation 10%
nature conservation and research 10%
hunting -

Protection status National Partial International None6,660 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Øvre Pasvik, 6,660 ha). 1,910 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Pasvik, 1,910 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Øvre Pasvik. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/12/2014

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